Devotion – Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down

There are times I cringe when I hear someone begin a sentence with, “I was so disappointed….” I know the feeling, of course. I was disappointed that I was passed over for “International Pastor of the Year,” yet again! The premise expressed by the speaker is that someone or something has failed them. In a passive-aggressive way they stick the knife in a turn it ever so sweetly. But do they take responsibility for their own expectations? To expect someone or something to live up to your expectations all the time is not just unfair it is unrealistic. We are all sinners. We rarely meet everyone’s expectations. So this week we received the mark of the ashes to warn everybody-“Hello-I’m a sinner who will surely disappoint your unrealistic expectations of me.” At the same time, it was a mark in the shape of a cross. “Hello-I’m a sinner redeemed by my Lord on a cross. At least I’ve got that going for me. And he will never, ever, disappoint you.” Pastor Andy